Program Description: 

This session will summarize two studies using social network analysis to examine community agency ties and faculty ties across 140 Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP) awards during a 10-year period. This administrative research approach allows for objective analysis of the networks that support community-academic partnership projects, where most prior network research in community engagement has focused on subjective, ego-network methods.

In the first study, funder data was normalized to maximize number of interconnections between funded projects and 318 non‐redundant community partner organizations in a dual mode analysis, examining the period from 2003–2013. Two strategic planning periods, 2003–2008 vs. 2009–2013, allowed temporal comparison. In the second study, faculty-to-faculty ties as well as faculty-to-community ties were examined to explore the theorized boundary spanning nature of faculty working in community partnerships.

Considerations for government, funders, and communities are offered. Examining partnerships within health priority areas, orphaned projects, and inviting community elaboration of objectively obtained network data are areas for future research.

Lunch will be provided

Target audience: 


Medical Practitioners

MCW faculty and staff

MCW community affiliates

Learning objectives: 
  • Given the current health disparities present in Wisconsin, differentiate the requirements of community and academic members for effective implementation of Community Engagement principles
  • In the context of physician/researcher and patient/community relationships, identify new assets that exist in community and academic institutions for effective partnership formation
  • Build capacity in education around community engagement to enrich community and academic experiences in healthcare, research, and partnership formation while diminishing health disparities
Faculty & credentials: 

Presenter: Zeno Franco, PhD, Department of Family and Community Medicine

All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose.


Jessica De Santis
Phone number: 
+1 (414) 955-4434

Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of  Participation for Allied Health Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 1.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Session date: 
09/18/2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm CDT
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd
Alumni Center
Milwaukee, WI 53226
United States
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.

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